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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Legal profession most stressful in City: The Priory

The law is one of the most stressful professions in the City and clients are largely to blame, according to Marco Martinez, business development director of corporate services at The Priory. Reflecting on his experience as a banker, Martinez said the legal profession was arguably more stressful. “It wouldn’t be uncommon for us to be […]

Freshfields wins early role advising Bahraini power plant

Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer has won the lead mandate advising the government of Bahrain on the development of a national power plant. The firm’s team, led by Dubai-based partner Joe Huse, won the instruction to advise on the development of the Al Dur water and power plant following a pitch. Harnek Shoker, Freshfields of counsel, said: […]

White & Case moves to bolster South Africa

White & Case has hired Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison counsel Gabor Molnar as a partner for its Johannesburg office. Molnar, who will focus on US securities work, will be based in London initially, but will move to South Africa as part of the firm’s continued focus on the Europe, Middle East and Africa […]

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•Fulbright & Jaworski has hired Glenn Jones as senior counsel in the healthcare practice in Washington DC. Jones was previously New York special assistant attorney general. •Susan El Hachmi has joined Osborne Clarke as a senior associate in its incentives practice in the London office. El Hachmi was previously an associate at CMS Cameron McKenna. […]

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